I am so excited!
My next addition to the farm is coming in just a few weeks... BEES!!!
As a little girl I used to be my Grandpa's hive helper, those are some of my best memories. The sound, the smell, the patience, and there is nothin better than warm honey from the comb!
I'm getting a prized local strain from some really good friends. They're part of the oldest recorded strain kept in AR. Exceptionally healthy, hardy, and prolific. Only getting one hive to start with, which is all I could handle at this time. I have the basic knowledge, but so much to learn! I'm looking to take a course soon, the dates just haven't worked out for me. (I have a feeling I'm going to become the crazy old bee/chicken lady! )
I have the perfect location picked out for them... I think. First off, I live smack dab in the middle of over 1.25 million acres of National Forest, so no worries about pesticides. The location is in full sun with a dab of nice afternoon shade only in the summer. They will be facing south with a lovely long landing strip covered in short wildflowers. I have a pond about 30 yards away with nice rocks and mud for them to safely drink out of (will get a "bee bath" started next to them soon, especially for summer). This is all adjacent to scores of black locust trees! How could I go wrong, right?
My only concern about it is the winter wind... Our mtn is north facing and it can get BITTERLY cold up here. Often times we are the only ones that get snow in the area! Sooo, maybe a windbreak for the winter months. I can put up plywood directly behind the hives on the fence. I'll also have plenty of food ordered for them just in case they have a rough first year...
My chickens shouldn't be a problem, I've researched that... Heard that they are good for snacking on wax moths (pray I'm immune to them). How do they go about that?
Any of you keep? Any invaluable resources?
Any tips that have benefited your bees/keeping greatly?